ISLAY 14 ans 2005 Big Peat’s Finest French Connections D.Laing 54,6%

Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Islay, 70cl, Ref: 58069

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For our 2021 Creation Catalogue, Fred Laing went to the Isle of Islay, not far from the famous Kildalton Cross, to allow his Big Peat to cross the small headland that separates blended malts from single malts. This allowed this version baptized Big Peat Finest to join Douglas Laing’s Old Particular collection. When tasting this magnificently peaty, smoky and rocky single malt for the first time, we can only salute him for the initiative. It is now time for those that wish - and there will be many - to carry out their diagnostics and find out what hides behind this coastal label. In any case, one thing is certain, the exercise must be amusing this charismatic man who rarely allows the angels their share of mischief.

Profile: the unctuous first nose is smoky, medicinal (arnica), vanilla and lemony. Allowed to breathe, the smoke becomes more intense and chilli (Espelette pepper) appears. The aromatic palette then becomes increasingly floral (lavender) and fruity (pear). The precise attack is a subtle mix of smoke, ash and vanilla. On the mid-palate, the peat becomes chocolatey and juicy pears add to the fruity character of the flavour palette. The silky start of the finish is malty, mineral and rocky. Like the sound of waves crashing against the rocks to the rhythm of the tide. The end of the palate is maritime (seaweed, shellfish).

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  • Appearance : greenish gold.
  • Nose : lively and creamy. On the first nose, notes of smoke, arnica, vanilla and lemon are closely linked to one another. Allowed to breathe, the smoke becomes more intense and the medicinal tones become hot (Espelette pepper, paprika). With time, the aromatic palette reveals aromas of heady florals (lavender, iris) and ripe fruits (pear, plum). In the background, malty aromas shine with intensity and herbaceous freshness (cut hay).
  • Palate : clear, precise. In harmony with the first nose, the attack is a subtle combination of smoky, ashy and vanilla notes. In parallel, aniseed flavours bring lots of energy. On the mid-palate, a damp peat goes perfectly with the bitterness of 100% cocoa dark chocolate and the sweetness of candied pear. Animal (bacon, Viande des Grisons), the end of the palate stages an increasingly oily and maritime (sea spray, salt) peat.
  • Overall : long, silky. At the start of the finish, malted peat gains height to better highlight the mineral and rocky character of the flavour palette. For just an instant, we imagine the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks in rhythm with the tide. Just as expressive, the after-taste is like a beach at low tide covered in seaweed and shells. On the retro-nasal olfaction, the same malted barley takes on an incredibly smooth vanilla aspect. The empty glass is slightly medicinal, roasted (stewed barley) and ashy.
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Established in Glasgow in 1948 by Fred Douglas Laing, the Douglas Lang company has, in recent years, made numerous changes to its structure. Fred Laing’s movement to the head of the company has contributed towards the business’s sound reputation. Known throughout the industry for the quality and variety of its cask selection (Douglas Laing still has casks from the most prestigious distilleries: Glenfarclas, Talisker, Ardbeg, etc.), the company has expanded its already rich range that includes historic selections such as Double Barrel, Premier Barrel and Director’s Cut, with two new collections guaranteed to please connoisseurs: Single Minded and Old Particular.

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Launched in October 2013, Old Particular Single Cask is a series of single malts that have been individually selected from the best producers across all regions of Scotland. It is ‘particular’ in that it offers authentic whiskies, without chill filtering or the addition of colouring, which give them a richer aromatic profile due to the fatty acids and enzymes that are naturally present after distillation. Exceptionally, Douglas Laing is offering single casks at 48.4% for whiskies up to the age of 18 years-old and 51.5% for malt whiskies that have been aged for 19 years, all presented in an elegant box worthy of the finest Scottish single malts.

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